What if you could write your own prescription for a great doctor? What qualities would you look for? Someone who cares would be nice; someone who’s discerning and wise, with a good bedside manner. Someone good at explaining, who also takes time to listen. Is that too much to ask?
We think not. In fact, so strongly do we believe in the importance of great doctors, that with the help of the Miller Coulson Family, we have created the Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence. Launched in 2008, the Academy has spread from Johns Hopkins Bayview to Johns Hopkins Hospital, and beyond.
Why did we do this? Because we believe the patient is our foremost responsibility. As stewards of the patient’s welfare, we care very much about teaching, mentoring, and encouraging young doctors to become caring, astute physicians, and properly recognizing and rewarding the excellent clinicians we already have. This is the issue, raised to David Hellmann by a patient, Mrs. Anne Miller, that sparked the existence of the CIM in the first place, and this is the mission, driven by CIM physicians, with major support from Mrs. Miller’s daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Frank Coulson, that has brought about the Miller Coulson Academy.
Launching in 2018, the Miller Coulson Academy will begin a project called CLOSLER, a new website seeking to help medical professionals learn more about clinical excellence. Their mission is to support a learning community focused on sharing thoughtful clinical stories and perspectives to stimulate reflection about providing exceptional care to every patient. Check out CLOSLER.org!